Jones At Peace With His Decision

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

As hard as it is for Creighton's Josh Jones to give up basketball, he says it's not worth risking his life to keep playing.

Jones spoke with reporters Thursday, explaining how his heart condition is forcing him to walk away from basketball. He said he'll be the same Josh Jones with or without basketball, but added that it is incredibly hard to quit a game he's played since he was 5.

Jones fainted before the December 6th game against Nebraska in Lincoln and underwent surgery 12 days later to fix an atrial flutter. Doctors have said Jones will require more procedures, making it impossible for the fifth-year senior to return this season. He's scheduled to graduate in May.

Jones had an infected heart valve replaced in 2007.

He was Creighton’s top guard off the bench each of the past two years, averaging 7.0 points per game. Jones played in 108 games, including 14 starts, with the Bluejays, collecting 538 points, 151 rebounds, 131 assists and 67 steals. He scored 18 points in a win over Alabama-Birmingham on November 14th.


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